Canine Companions fosters transformative change through human-canine partnerships

29 December 2021

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) — Leading the service dog industry, Canine Companions expertly trains puppies to become skilled assistants for adults, children, and veterans with disabilities. The furry helpers are paired up with clients for unique support that’s free of charge.

Canine Companions begins training service dogs as puppies. For each puppy’s first year of life, volunteers socialize the young animal to a variety of people, sites, sounds, and environments, making sure that they’re learning 30 plus commands.

Once past the “puppy phase,” the volunteer brings the dog to the Canine Companions’ professional training centers to learn more advanced commands.

Depending on training received, a full-grown dog is specially matched with a child or adult.

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